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Finally the weekend!  What a wait it felt like to get here.  

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With it being the Easter weekend, I figured it'd be fitting to do some bunnies.  I had hoped to make these for a family member and ship them out, but that didn't pan out.  However, getting them painted is still better than not.

 

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Wins:

*  The butterscotch coloring I saw on some rabbits on Whidbey Island, I couldn't help but use as inspiration.  Matching them to how they came out, I'd say was better than I expected.

*  Using very, very simple colors and just pushing the colors up with mixing them worked great!

*  Making the details come out more by using very faint streaks of diluted paint worked great to give the impression of individual hairs sticking through.  I think this will be used in other models I do as well.  

*  Eyes have a nice pop to them, but was thinking some more color would be good.

 

Misses:

*  I was thinking of putting some wash in there to bring forward the creases, but I didn't want to lose that fun color.  Any suggestions?

*  The eyes have a strangeness to them by highlighting the eye lids.  Would you all suggest doing dark instead of light around the eyes?

*  Speaking of eyes I wasn't sure if putting a spot of white in there was good or not, so I held off.  

 

Pretty happy with how this little bunny came out.

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Your bunny looks great. I hope somebody tries to paint one to look like @haldir’s Thumper. 
 

By the way, I have always spelled it “Wascally”. Now I am wondering if my ears are just supplying a double LL where Mel Blanc did not use them. 

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@TGPi was just going for phonetically sounding rather than what is probably the right spelling.  I say the win is that you got the joke.

 

You got the link for that other rabbit you were talking about?  I'd love to see it. 

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I would leave the eyes alone. You just risk wrecking them by doing anything else. 
 

The one thing I would try if I had as much brush control as you would be to paint the sclera and Iris (the eyeball) with some gloss varnish. That might give you a real white highlight when it is photographed. 


 

1 minute ago, R2ED said:

@TGPi was just going for phonetically sounding rather than what is probably the right spelling.  I say the win is that you got the joke.

 

You got the link for that other rabbit you were talking about?  I'd love to see it. 

I don’t have a link. But if you check the daily randomness thread there are 4-5 pictures of Thumper posted in that thread. It is in the Off-Topic section. 


Warning: it’s a loooong thread, start at the end and work backward!

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11 hours ago, R2ED said:

*  I was thinking of putting some wash in there to bring forward the creases, but I didn't want to lose that fun color.  Any suggestions?

*  The eyes have a strangeness to them by highlighting the eye lids.  Would you all suggest doing dark instead of light around the eyes?

*  Speaking of eyes I wasn't sure if putting a spot of white in there was good or not, so I held off.  

 


1 you may use oil washes, then wipe the excess using a make-up sponge: due to the lower surface tension it will not tint the top of the fur, laying just into the crevices;  
2 the eyes look good IMHO, they are just lacking reflections;
3 you may hi-light black eyes using a bright bluish grey, just a small dot.

Anyway they already look great as they are ;)

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@Cicciopiu thank you!  I've tried oil wash before, but don't come out with good results.  I need to do a mini I'm not afraid to mess up on.  I like the idea and have the supplies for it, just need to commit to doing it. 

 

For the eyes i was going to gloss them, but i like your idea of the grey blue.  I'll try it!   Once I've based and competed, I'll post in show off. 

 

Thank you for the tips! 

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